Chance the Rapper Announces Education-Themed Awards Show

Chance the Rapper Announces Education-Themed Awards Show

Chance the Rapper Announces Education-Themed Awards Show

The 24-year-old artist and activist will be donating a $100,000 grant to arts education programs within 20 of the Chicago Public Schools for the next three years.

Chance visited Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago to announce that the funds raised by his non-profit organization SocialWorks will go to 20 CPS schools to help with staff and budgets.

Addressing the $2.2 million donation - which has been drawn from Social Works" "New Chance' fund - Chance said: "Every contribution brings this city and this nation closer to providing a well-rounded quality education for each and every child". "Over the past month, I've crisscrossed the city, from Chatham to Chinatown, Humboldt Park to Hyde Park, visiting students and one thing is clear: if we invest in Chicago's children, we'll change the world". But the "most important" criterion, Chance said, was the amount of "determination and vision" school principals displayed for their arts programming.

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Now, Chance and his team have found a new way to show support for America's educators, announcing a brand new annual awards show, The Twilight Awards, to recognize "teachers, parents, principals, and students that convey leadership" in Chicago-area schools.

See what schools are getting donations and how they'll be used below.

He said twice recently he has been confronted by young men who said they would shoot him. He said he has begun planning for next year and eventually wants to help all Chicago public schools. Others, like Hughes and Aldridge elementary schools, plan to convert unused classrooms into dance and theater studios.